Mews Houses

Christina here. Wench Anne has recently been talking about the hidden gardens of London – green oases of calm in the midst of all the grand houses in the fashionable areas of town. But there were other hidden areas there too, much less impressive and kept out of sight of the rich people – the mews. Those of you who read Regency novels are probably very familiar with the term. Many of the big houses in London had a set of adjacent buildings containing stables, a carriage house and usually also accommodation for coachmen, grooms and their families on the levels above. These buildings were situated in a sort of small back alley behind the main house, mostly running parallel to the street at the front. Ironically, although they were built for servants and horses, these days they are very sought after.

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